Christie’s New Auction Category Offers Most Coveted Artists at Accessible Prices

Cross-category auction series spans Post-War and Contemporary Art, Editions, Photographs and Design.

New York – This March, FIRST OPEN | New York debuts as a cross-category auction series—spanning Post-War and Contemporary Art, Editions, Photographs and Design—encompassing some of the most sought-after artists of today offered at accessible price points. It features and innovative mix of auction and digital sales tailored to the middle-market

Launched 10 years ago as a single sale in New York, FIRST OPEN originally owed its name to the fact that the auction ‘opened’ the season for Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s and created a platform specifically for welcoming new collectors. In its new iteration, Christie’s is expanding the FIRST OPEN concept and sale platform based on the continued strength and broad global appeal of the “middle-market” for Post-War and Contemporary art, editions, furnishings, and design.

Accordingly, FIRST OPEN | New York will feature three live auctions, FIRST OPEN | Editions sale on Tuesday, March 1, FIRST OPEN | Post-War & Contemporary Art on Friday, March 4, and closing with the inaugural FIRST OPEN | Home curated sale of Design, Photographs, and Editions on Tuesday, March 22. 

Complementing the live auctions are three online sales, FIRST OPEN | Photographs, February 25 – March 10, FIRST OPEN | Post-War and Contemporary Art, February 25 – March 8, and FIRST OPEN | Frank Stella’s Had Gadya Series, March 1 – March 10. 

“Christie’s expansion of the FIRST OPEN concept signals our ongoing commitment to welcoming in new audiences of collectors at accessible price levels,” noted Brook Hazelton, President Christie’s Americas. “The current market is well-suited for innovative new sales approaches that span multiple categories and mediums, and Christie’s leads the market in its ability to present cross-category offerings of the highest quality in direct response to client demand. More than any other art business, our specialists are ‘open’ to the dialogue and inquiry inspired by what it means to be a collector today.”

In all, FIRST OPEN | New York will offer over one-thousand lots with works ranging from $800 to $700,000 in estimate. The preview reception will take place at the New York galleries on Monday, February 29 at 7:30 pm. 

For more information, please visit www.christies.com.

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